Brian Harper

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Brian David Harper

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Biographical Information[edit]

Brian Harper was a catcher in the 1980s and early 1990s and a member of the Minnesota Twins World Series-winning team in 1991. He started out with the California Angels in 1979 then bounced around between the majors and AAA and from organization to organization for almost a decade before finding a home as the Twins' starting catcher. He was a line drive hitter with limited power and questionable defense, but his ability to hit for average kept him in the line-up for a number of years in spite of his late start.

Harper was the head coach of Scottsdale Christian High School from 1996-1998 and the Arizona Diamondbacks' chapel leader in 1998-1999. In 2000, he was an assistant at Desert Mountain High School. Also that year, he played one final professional game, with the AAA Tacoma Rainiers. As the starting catcher that day, he went 0-4 while striking out and grounding into a double play.

After managing the AZL Angels from 2001 to 2005, Harper moved up to manager of the Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League. Harper was the roving Minor League catching instructor for the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and 2009. Returning to the dugout, he became the manager of the San Jose Giants in 2010, leading them to the California League championship in his first season. After two seasons managing in the Chicago Cubs chain he moved to coach of the Iowa Cubs in 2013-2016. He then moved to the Detroit Tigers' chain as hitting coach of the Toledo Mud Hens in 2017-2018 and Erie SeaWolves in 2019.

Harper's brother Glenn Harper was an OF/P in the New York Mets chain, and his son Brett Harper is a 1B/3B in the Blue Jays system.

Notable Achievement[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2001 AZL Angels Arizona League 22-34 7th Anaheim Angels
2002 AZL Angels Arizona League 28-28 4th Anaheim Angels
2003 AZL Angels Arizona League 20-29 7th Anaheim Angels
2004 AZL Angels Arizona League 12-43 9th Anaheim Angels
2005 AZL Angels Arizona League 25-31 7th Los Angeles Angels
2006 Salt Lake Bees Pacific Coast League 81-63 3rd Los Angeles Angels Lost in 1st round
2007 Salt Lake Bees Pacific Coast League 74-69 7th Los Angeles Angels Lost in 1st round
2010 San Jose Giants California League 76-64 3rd San Francisco Giants League Champs
2011 Tennessee Smokies Southern League 83-57 2nd Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
2012 Daytona Cubs Florida State League 59-74 10th Chicago Cubs

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